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How to Protect Your Driveway

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How to Protect Your Driveway

So, you’ve got this wicked-awesome driveway, but you want to make sure it lasts? No problem! We suggest these five ways to protect your driveway from the weather, weight and stress of life in front of your garage.


Follow these steps to preserve your driveway as long as possible. With regular upkeep, your driveway can last decades!

  1. 1.Clean It

    Perhaps you’ve neglected protecting your driveway for too long, and you just want to start over with a new one!

    Perhaps the easiest and most overlooked component in protecting a driveway is regularly cleaning it. Sweep your driveway at least once a week, and spray it off twice a month – and immediately following any work you’ve done on the driveway. Dirt, dust, sand, rocks and debris that sit on a driveway during a freeze-thaw cycle are prone to fall in the hairline cracks the weather creates, and when moisture keeps pushing the debris to the bottom, these cracks grow in size. Regularly scheduled cleaning and maintenance will help reduce this potential risk.

  2. 2.Seal It

    Once every couple of months, take a look at the surface of your driveway. See any hairline cracks? Seal them up with proper sealant, caulk or grout. Depending on the material your driveway is made of, there are specific professional solutions to seal up the hairline cracks in the driveway. If you move quickly, you can seal the small cracks before they transform into a larger – and more expensive problem.

  3. 3.Resurface It

    If your driveway has become dangerously smooth, or developed a need for a new surface, do just that! Resurfacing your driveway will not only give you a reason to inspect it thoroughly, clean it and seal cracks – but a fresh surface will strengthen your driveway while simultaneously making it safe for walking again. A no-slip surface is a good surface to be on. Just ask your neighbor. You know, the one with the Jetta that slid down his driveway last winter and slammed into the fence? Poor guy.

  4. 4.Redo It!

    Perhaps you’ve neglected protecting your driveway for too long, and you just want to start over with a new one! Have no fear, there are tons and tons of new and unique ideas in driveway design and construction these days. You can give your home a facelift, complement your front yard and pull out your creativity muscle to flex a bit of magic into your living situation. And after all, there’s no more pristine a driveway to protect than a brand new one!

  5. 5.Bring in a Pro

    The most effective way to find ideal solutions to protect your specific driveway is to call in a professional to take a look at it. Contractors that specialize in driveways have the eye and experience for driveway maintenance and protection. Having one come out for a single hour can save you hours of time in repairs, as their advice is well worth the money when it comes to protecting your driveway.

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